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Federal officials charge 17 people from ‘consequential’ drug trafficking organization in Kentucky

December 10, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Federal officials charge 17 people from ‘consequential’ drug trafficking organization in Kentucky

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Members of a “consequential” drug trafficking organization have been taken into custody after an FBI probe was launched targeting a meth distribution ring.

Officials said seventeen people have been charged for their roles in the Kentucky-based drug trafficking organization.

Feds seized 13.5 pounds of meth and 21 guns,  Josh Minkler, U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Indiana said in a press release.

Minkler said one suspect, identified as Chad Heiser remains at-large and is considered armed and dangerous.

“Here, in New Albany, in Louisville … it’s a consequential organization,” Minkler stated. “It should make the public much safer today than they were yesterday.”

Russell Coleman, the U.S. attorney for the Western District of Kentucky, said the announcement signals another “deposit” in a promise to employ every tool possible to target criminals,

The indictment, which was filed on November 30th, accuses 44-year-old Billy Dale Sears of leading and being the “supervisor of the conspiracy” to distribute significant amounts of meth throughout Indiana and Northern Kentucky. Federal officials said Sears’ sources of supply were Clifton Jones, 31, and Gregory Churchill, 33.

Sears would “front” the drugs to mid-level dealers, including Harry Edelen, 44, and Roger Carroll Jr., 47, Stanley Duke Jr., 41, and Chad Albertson, 40. Drugs were then given to low-level street dealers. Sears and his group would be paid back after the drugs were exchanged.

Stacks of money and drugs were found at several properties in New Albany, Jeffersonville and Louisville.

Last week, In a similar announcement, five people connected to the Louisville gang Victory Park Crips were charged. However, the two cases do not go “hand-in-hand,” according to Minkler.

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